Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Punk'd By The Devil

No comment needed here; just head over to Reverend Scottie's blog to see how he proved the point so many of us have been trying to make about Slice of Laodicea; they're not interested in the truth, they're interested in their version of Christianity. A form of Godliness, denying its power...

HT: Monday Morning Insight via CRN.Info

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

CRN's Sour Grapes or When did "Relevance" Become a Dirty Word?

I simply couldn't let this post over at CRN go by without comment. In it, we are directed to this year's list of the 50 most influential churches in America. The list includes several of CRN's "usual suspects" (their words, not mine), including Joel Osteen (Lakewood Church, Texas), Rick Warren (Saddleback Church), Bill Hybels (Willow Creek Community Church), T. D. Jakes (The Potter's House), and others. Mind you, I don't think that any of these men are infallible, and of those whom I have listed above, I don't know enough about what they teach to be able to pass judgement on them, nor would I want to. So why this post?

The reason is two-fold. First, the mysterious "Editor" at CRN chose to title this post "More Buffoonery?" Interesting title, and interesting heart condition, to be labeling brothers in Christ (and their congregations) as "buffoons." OK, I could let that slide. Really, I could. But it is the manner in which they point out that John MacArthur (pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA) was *NOT* included on the list, going so far as to call it a "relevance parade." Sour grapes, perhaps? Second, exactly when did "relevance" become a dirty word? It seems to me that if the church becomes irrelevant, it will die. It will have no place in American culture, and will simply fade into nothing. (a great resource, by the way) defines relevance as:
  1. Pertinence to the matter at hand.
  2. Applicability to social issues
As I stated above, if we are not pertinent to matters at hand (namely, many of the issues which CRN writes about), and if we cannot apply ourselves to social issues in a relevant matter, then what point is there for the church to exist? It rather reminds me of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 13, in which we are told that though we speak in the tongues of men and angels, or do great things, but have not love, we are nothing. I believe the same principle applies. If we seek to exist in a vacuum, we will get exactly what we want, but it won't last. Like it or not, we are in this sinful, fallen world for the long haul, and we need to make the most of it. We need to be willing to engage those around us, not simply tell them they are lost and going to burn for all of eternity.

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The Top 100 Christian Blogs

As reported by The Evangelical Outpost. I intend to take a look at quite a few of these, and I imagine there will be some additions to the blogroll in the near future. After all, I have to have something to distract me while I'm at work.

A few highlights:

Boars Head Tavern and Pyromaniacs tied for the #9 slot. Interesting, in that they tend to take very different views on the issues.

Internet Monk comes in at #61. (Really must add that one to the blogroll)

TallSkinnyKiwi landed at #89.

Go check it out, especially if you've been looking for some new additions to your own blogroll, or just some new places to explore. I know I've got quite a few I'd like to take a look at, and who knows? Maybe I can improve this blog to the point of being included next year. :-)

[HT: Hugh Hewitt]

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Friday, July 13, 2007

My Blog's Rating

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

Apparently this is due to six instances of the word Sex, and one of the word Porn. Of course, now that I have used those words in this post, that may change.

You can try it out yourself if you like. I'm going to run my MySpace profile through and see what I get.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Ken Silva's El NiƱo

Over at CRN.Info Chris has published a response to Pastor Ken Silva's latest missive. I've decided to link to his response rather than write one of my own, because Chris expresses the point I would like to make much better than I ever could. In his missive, Pastor Silva takes an Episcopal priestess who has embraced Islam without leaving the church (no, I don't know how that works either), links her to the Emergent/emerging church, and decries the entire movement as "not of God" and responsible for all of the ills in the Church today. I encourage you to read what Chris has written on this topic.

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